Perry, K. (2009). Genres, contexts, and literacy practices: Literacy brokering among sudanese refugee families.Reading Research Quarterly, 44(3), 256-276.
Perry conducted an ethnographic study to examine “literacy brokering” among a group of Sudanese refugee families in Michigan. Literacy brokering occurs when individuals seek out informal assistance with “unfamiliar texts and literacy practices.” Data collection in this study included participant observation, semi-formal interviews, and the collection of artifacts over a period of 18 months. Three different Southern Sudanese refugee families participated in this study. Current notions of the brokering were challenged, showing that brokering was not merely a matter of translation and that the issues of different genres were also significant.